Volvo Cars says it has registered its best-ever January global sales figures, kicking off 2021 with a bang.

Sales in Europe, China and the United States all increased during the first month of the year.

Global sales grew some 30,2 percent year-on-year to 59 588 units, a figure the Swedish firm says was “boosted” by a particularly strong performance in China, where the brand enjoyed a 91,3 percent year-on-year improvement to 19 160 units (admittedly off a low base thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic's impact in that market early in 2020).

In January 2021, the XC40 proved the company’s top-selling model, with 17 770 units registered (up from January 2020’s figure of 10 802). Close behind was the XC60 with 17 053 units (up from 13 353) and then the XC90 with 7 564 units (up from 6 902).

The SUV line-up represented 71 percent of overall volumes for the month, while sales of the so-called “Recharge” models more than doubled year-on-year, now accounting for 23 percent of all Volvo Cars vehicles sold globally.